About Our Practice
Eye care services have been available in downtown West Branch since 1932. Dr. Gerald Garner began seeing patients in 1950. His mother was an optometrist before him. West Branch Eyecare, P.C. now has two eye doctors offering comprehensive eye exams. The doctors treat glaucoma, infections, allergies, dry eyes and injuries. They also diagnose and co-manage diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, macular degeneration and other eye diseases. Both doctors are refractive surgery affiliates.
Contact us any time to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.
Even when not actively seeking new employees, we gladly review new resumes. We may have job openings for those with experience in the following areas: Reception, Insurance Billing, Optical Assistant, Optometric Technician, Optician, and Optometrist.
Send your resume or CV to:
P.O. Box 128
West Branch, MI 48661
Dr. Lenahan has been providing eye care services in West Branch since February 2002. She joined West Branch Eyecare after practicing optometry in the Metro Detroit area for nine years. In 2017, Dr. Lenahan and Chris purchased West Branch Eyecare. She graduated from Reed City High School in Reed City, MI in 1985. Dr. Lenahan earned her Bachelor of Visual Science degree from Ferris State University in 1990 and her Doctor of Optometry degree from Michigan College of Optometry in 1992. She completed her internship at Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, MI and at Colmery-O’Neill Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Topeka, KS.
Dr. Lenahan and her husband Chris Finkbeiner have twin boys, Colin and Dylan. Life is a never-ending whirlwind of activity at the Finkbeiner home. When Dr. Lenahan is not busy working or taking care of her children, she enjoys hiking, gardening, reading and crafts.
Dr. Barnhart has been providing eye care services in West Branch since 1980. He graduated from H.H.Dow High School in Midland in 1971, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Alma College in 1975, and a Doctor of Optometry degree from Michigan College of Optometry in 1979. He has interned in the Optometric Institute and Clinic of Detroit, has been a clinical instructor at the Optometry College, and worked in an Ophthalmology office in Saginaw.
Dr. Barnhart and his wife Terry have three daughters and a son. All have graduated from Ogemaw Heights High School. All are married. Amy and husband Ermi live near Seattle with sons Yabi and Keli. Mary and husband Ben live in South Lyon with Annie, Lane and Wesley. Leslie and husband Logan live in Springboro, Ohio with Nathan and Isaac. Andrew and Katie live in Mukilteo, Washington.
Dr. Wade has been providing eye care services in West Branch since June 2013.
Dr. Wade is a graduate of Ogemaw Heights High School. She completed her undergraduate studies at Ferris State University and received her doctorate from the Michigan College of Optometry.
Her clinical training included internships at the Veteran’s facility in Saginaw, the Heart of the City Health Center in Grand Rapids, and the University Eye Center in Big Rapids.
I LOVE the staff! They are friendly and helpful. The doctors are fabulous. I have no complaints at all and I’ve been a patient for 15 years!Tammy
About Our Team
Our team of eye care professionals is experienced and friendly. We’re here to help all patients understand their benefits, schedule appointments, and fulfill their eye doctor’s orders. Our optician can give you guidance in picking out your perfect pair of eyewear, and our friendly office staff is knowledgeable about billing and benefits coverage.
Learn more about our team here!
Michele has been the office manager at West Branch Eyecare since 2001. She and her husband Steve have three daughters; Victoria, Gwen, and Alexandria. Victoria and husband Tyler recently gave Michele her first grandson. Michele is committed to taking care of her family, and to taking care of our patients. If you have any questions or problems, please don’t hesitate to call her.
Biller / Receptionist
Born and raised in West Branch, and a graduate of Ogemaw Heights, Shannon has been with West Branch Eyecare since 2002. She is a certified paraoptometric who has proved herself capable in all areas of patient care. In addition to insurance billing and reception work, she can be found cutting lenses and performing all of the specialized testing that is offered at West Branch Eyecare. She is the mother of two precious children, Kole and Kylee.
Born and raised in Owosso, Margo has 3 children and 7 grandchildren. She has ten years of retail background and has been managing optical departments since 1991. She previously worked in optometric offices in Owosso, Lansing, and Dewitt. In September 2006, Margo moved to Higgins Lake, where her husband, Dave, owns a barber shop. Margo brings with her a love of selling fashionable eye wear and sun wear. She also enjoys educating patients on the latest technologies.
Chris grew up in the Metro Detroit area and moved here in 2002. When not making glasses in the lab or bagels for staff meetings, he enjoys hunting, boating and other outdoor activities with his family.